Cases in Perak be­ing mon­i­tored

New Straits Times - - News - HANA NAZ HARUN KUALA LUMPUR hananaz@nst.com.my

STU­DENTS with in­fluenza-like ill­nesses (ILI) have been re­ported in five schools in Perak, said Health di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah.

The schools are SK Kle­bang Jaya, SM Tuanku Ab­dul Rah­man, SM Raja Perem­puan Taayah, Kolej Voka­sional Slim River and SM Ab­dul Rah­man Talib, Teluk In­tan.

“The Health Min­istry is mon­i­tor­ing the in­ci­dents closely in co­op­er­a­tion with the Perak Health Depart­ment.

“The min­istry is im­ple­ment­ing pre­ven­tion and control mea­sures to en­sure it does not spread, in­clud­ing iso­lat­ing symp­to­matic cases from healthy stu­dents,” he said yes­ter­day.

Dr Hisham said the cases were mild and the stu­dents were given treat­ment.

Lab­o­ra­tory tests were con­ducted to de­ter­mine the cause of the ILI cases.

“The Health Min­istry urges the public not to panic as there are no un­usual trends re­lated to ILI cases de­tected in Malaysia.”

He urged the public to main­tain good per­sonal hy­giene, fre­quently wash their hands with soap and wa­ter, prac­tice good cough eti­quette and lead a healthy life­style to curb the spread of in­fluenza in­fec­tions.

Those who showed ILI symp­toms, he said, should rest at home and avoid crowded ar­eas, while high-risk peo­ple should seek treat­ment at the near­est clinic.

“If a symp­to­matic per­son needs to leave the house, he must cover his nose and mouth with a mask.

“Risk groups are en­cour­aged to get the in­fluenza vac­cine from pri­vate health fa­cil­i­ties.”

Symp­toms of ILI in­clude cold or flu, sore throat and cough, headache, mus­cle and joint pain and fa­tigue.

He said as cold and flu were highly con­ta­gious, the spread oc­curred eas­ily in schools, dor­mi­to­ries, work­places, train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, as well as po­lice and army camps.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah

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